MALACHI 4


2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall [and gambol as calves of the stall -RV]

Now,‭ ‬as Paul ... illustrates the resurrection of the dead,‭ ‬by a comparison with the mode of the growth of grain,‭ ‬it necessarily follows that if we would the better understand the details in connection with the rising of the one,‭ ‬we must examine the known facts of the other.‭

A grain of wheat is composed of two parts-the outer,‭ ‬or the body,‭ ‬and the inner,‭ ‬or the germ,‭ ‬which is the vital principle of the grain‭; ‬and without which it would be impossible for germination,‭ ‬and consequent reproduction,‭ ‬to take place.‭ ‬When placed in the ground,‭ ‬the body of the grain corrupts,‭ ‬but the germ remains,‭ ‬and from that germ springs up the future body.‭

Now,‭ ‬what is there in man that corresponds to the germ of the seed‭?

...In‭ ‬John‭ v. ‬24,‭ ‬Jesus says‭

‭"‬Verily,‭ ‬verily,‭ ‬I say unto you,‭ ‬he that heareth‭ ‬my word and believeth on Him that sent me,‭ ‬hath everlasting life.‭" ‬Again,‭ (‬John‭ vi. ‬63,‭ ) "‬It is the spirit that quickeneth,‭ ‬the flesh profiteth nothing‭; ‬the words that I speak unto you,‭ ‬they are spirit and they are life.‭" (viii. ‬31.‭)-‬If ye continue in‭ ‬my word,‭ ‬then are ye my disciples indeed,‭ ‬and ye shall know the truth,‭ ‬and the truth shall make you free.‭" (xi. ‬25.‭)-"‬He that believeth in me,‭ ‬though he were dead,‭ ‬yet shall he live‭; ‬whosoever believeth and liveth in me,‭ ‬shall never die.‭"

The truth,‭ ‬then,‭ ‬is the vital principle corresponding to the germ‭; ‬and on examination,‭ ‬we find that this correspondence is a most complete and striking one.‭

As with the grain,‭ ‬so with the body of the believer‭; ‬placed in the ground,‭ ‬the body decays and is destroyed‭; ‬but is the truth,‭ ‬however weakly possessed by that body,‭ ‬destroyed also‭? ‬Apparently so,‭ ‬as in the case of the germ‭; ‬but in reality it is not.‭ ‬The connection between the dead body and the truth that inhabited it,‭ ‬is written in the eternal memory of God,‭ ‬and in the eye of God remains,‭ ‬and hallows as it were,‭ ‬the very dust of the believers,‭ ‬which,‭ ‬when the proper time arrives,‭ ‬will by the power of God,‭ ‬revivify the dust,‭ ‬and bring back the life possessed before.‭

And when will that time be‭? ‬We are aware that in order to cause the seed to germinate,‭ ‬the heat of the sun and the fertilizing influence of the showers are absolutely necessary.‭ ‬And in this respect the analogy is maintained.‭ ‬Christ is the sun and the fertilizing shower,‭ ‬who will quicken the germinating power of the truth into action,‭ ‬and restore the dead and perished body once more to life.‭

...‭ ‬Malachi says,‭

‭"‬Unto you that fear my name,‭ ‬shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings‭;"

and the Psalmist,‭ ‬speaking of this sun of righteousness,‭ ‬exclaims.‭

‭"‬He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass,‭ ‬like showers that water the earth.‭"

‭Ambassador of the Coming Age, Dec 1868


4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

TO build a house and to carry it on are two different things. They are the different things represented by the works respectively of Moses and the prophets. Both are works of God, but differing vastly in character and calibre.

It is said to be one of the works of God by Christ that he will

"plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth" (Isaiah 51:16).

This, in the language of figure, is what God did by Moses for the nation of Israel at the beginning. Whereas before the time of Moses Israel was a mere race sojourning in an alien land, in subjection to the laws of Egypt, after him Israel was a nation having defined and established institutions of their own, and dwelling in a country which they had subjugated and which they were able to defend.

The prophets had nothing to do with establishing this great work. The work once done was done for ever. No one could come after Moses in the doing of it. It was a maxim of the constitution,

"Thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish aught therefrom,"

and to this day it remains unaltered as it came from the hands of Moses. The system of things established by Moses has been destroyed, and the "prophet like unto Moses" will "restore again," "restitute," and "regenerate" the thing destroyed. But so far as setting it up in the first instance was concerned, Moses alone was the "mediator of the first covenant."

As such, he had direct dealings with God such as none who came after him except Christ:

"There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord (Yahweh) knew face to face" (Deut. 34:10).

The Christadelphian, June 1898